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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.

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5 Workers Compensation Mistakes To Avoid

by Gina Hill

Workers compensation is a form of insurance that employers are required to have in order to protect employees who may be injured on the job. After a workplace injury, workers compensation can pay for medical bills as well as any wages that are lost due to missing work while recovering. If you are hurt at work, it is important to avoid common mistakes when it comes to workers compensation. Some of the most common workers compensation mistakes include:

Not Telling Your Supervisor About Your Injury

If you are hurt at work, it is in your best interest to immediately alert your supervisor. He or she should then write up an incidence report that includes the date, time, and details pertaining to how your injury happened. Immediately reporting your injury and having it documented can serve as evidence that your injury actually occurred while on the clock. Don't forget to get a copy of the incidence report from your supervisor.

Going Directly to Your Primary Care Physician

After a workplace injury it is important to seek medical attention, but contact your company's HR department before you make an appointment with your primary care physician. Some companies have contract with clinics or specific doctors for workers compensation cases, so you may be required to go where your company directs you to for medical care after a workplace injury if you want your bills to be covered by workers compensation insurance.

Neglecting to File a Workers Compensation Claim

Informing your supervisor of your injury is not the same as filing a workers compensation claim. After your injury, you will need to fill out a claim form-- make sure you include all of the details of your injury and any supporting documentation you have available. When you turn in the claim form, it then becomes your employer's responsibility to submit the form to the insurance company that provides their workers compensation coverage.

Failure to Follow Your Doctor's Orders

When you get hurt at work, it is essential to follow your doctor's orders in regards to treatment, and attend all follow up appointments. Failure to do so can make it look like you are not taking your recovery seriously which could result in your workers compensation claim being denied. 

Accepting a Denial

If you have followed the proper procedures but your workers compensation claim is denied, do not give up and just accept the denial. After a denial, it is in your best interest to contact a workers compensation attorney to assist you. In many cases, an experienced attorney will be able to appeal the denial and get you the workers compensation benefits you are entitled to. Visit a company, such as Hardee and Hardee LLP, for more information.   

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